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Steller is a Beautiful New App that Lets You Share the Whole Story in Book Form

Posted by on March 14th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

I love it when I find an app that’s just absolutely stunning to look at, and that’s the case with Steller; I don’t even need to use it to enjoy using it. This new app takes sharing photos on social media to the next level by letting you put groups of photos and videos together, annotate them with text, and share them as beautiful – flat designed – storybooks.

The app has many great features, including the ability to group your storybooks into collections that others can follow, the ability to discover other stories that have been published amongst a wide variety of topics, and the ability to republish stories you find in the app to your own collection. Finally, Steller lets you share the stories you make via many outlets including social networks, email, SMS, blogs, and websites.

You can get Steller on the App Store for free.

source: Steller

Strava Running and Cycling Receives Redesign and More Social Features in 4.0 Update

Posted by on March 14th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Fast Company has named Strava as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness”, and there are many reasons for that. First and foremost, it’s worth noting that their social running and cycling app is absolutely great. And Strava’s iOS app recently received an update, bringing its version number to 4.0.

In Strava Running and Cycling 4.0, you’ll find a brand-new “Activity Feed” that highlights even more of your friends’ activities, with notable inclusions being their Instagram feed(?) and their route map. The updated feed also makes it much easier to give comments and kudos to fellow fitness aficionados. Also included in the update is the ability to share photos on your Strava profile via Instagram, real-time segments with live updates, and a variety of new languages including Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and more.

You can get the Strava Running and Cycling – GPS Run and Ride Tracker on the App Store for free.

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via: Our Review

There are way too many to-do list apps on the App Store, but Checkmark 2 – built by indie development house Snowman – looks to be a promising addition. Checkmark, the app’s predecessor, is one of the better-known to-do list apps on the App Store. And this natural iterative upgrade intends to make the Checkmark experience even better.

Checkmark 2 features an all-new lists feature for easily grouping your tasks, location groups for sending location-based to-do reminders, one-tap rescheduling of to-do items, “flexible recurring reminders,” location-based reminders that are date-specific, and iCloud integration to make sure the app is always in-sync across your devices. To top it off, the app features an all-new iOS 7 design.

Sound intriguing? You can watch for Checkmark 2 to launch on the App Store on March 18 at a “special introductory price.”

Perils of Man: Chapter 1, New Point-and-Click Adventure Game Now Available for Free

Posted by on March 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Co-Designed by ex-LucasArts designer Bill Tiller, Perils of Man is a new, modern, point-and-click adventure game from Swiss indie studio IF Games – and it’s available today.

In Perils of Man: Chapter 1, you play the character of young Ana Eberling, a teenager who has uncovered “a lost technology with the potential to eliminate the uncertainties of life.” And that’s where the adventure part of this adventure game comes in. She finds herself facing a variety of predicaments “both dangerous and bizarre.”

The game features a steampunk aesthetic, beautiful 3D animation, and challenging puzzles – but that’s not all it has to offer. It also features over 20 unique characters, clever dialogue, and an original score written by Paul Shapera.

You can find Perils of Man: Chapter 1 (only for the iPad), on the App Store for free.

The release of Konami’s much-anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is drawing nearer, and it wouldn’t be a Metal Gear Solid game without some kind of peripheral fun to go along with it. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is going to ship with a special “iDroid” companion app that syncs the main game’s action to a secondary device – namely your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The second-screen iDroid app will expand gameplay greatly, but touted features include the ability to “call up maps,” “summon air support,” and even play back the cassette tapes you find throughout “Camp Omega.” Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is launching on March 18, and you can expect the iDroid companion app to hit the App Store around the same time.

NCAA March Madness Live Gets 2014 Update, iOS 7 Design

Posted by on March 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

NCAA March Madness Live is an app that is only relevant for one month out of the year, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. The app, which has been in hibernation since last March, was updated yesterday for the 2014 season. Additionally, the app has been completely redesigned to match the iOS 7 aesthetic.

NCAA March Madness Live allows you to watch every single one of the 67 Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games, provided that you have a qualified cable subscription and give the app your credentials. But if you don’t, the app does provide you with a temporary preview period that will let you watch without a login for a short time.

You can get NCAA March Madness Live, packed with live streaming, up-to-date scores, an interactive tournament bracket, live game alerts, and more – on the App Store for free right now.

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Pushbullet Review

Pushbullet Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pushbullet makes sending files, links, and notes between countless devices as easy as cake.

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Gameloft has announced that it will be the development studio bringing the official The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game to iOS this April when the movie is released. The game will be similar in many ways to Gameloft’s original offering, but this sequel is going to be more graphically rich and more detailed in appearance compared to its predecessor. The overall size of the game’s open world of Manhattan will be increased as well, giving you more room to sling your web and get the bad guys.

The game is a “premium title,” meaning there is almost no chance that it will be a free offering (especially considering it’s launching with a movie). But maybe that’s for the better; tons of in-app purchases to keep a game sustainable are never fun. Be on the lookout for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iOS this April, but for now, check out the teaser trailer below.

source: Gameloft

CloudMagic Cards Seamlessly Pairs Email to Your Favorite Web Services

Posted by on March 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Email is becoming a thing of the past for many younger internet users, but for most of us it’s still a critical part of our workflow. CloudMagic is already known as a decent iOS email client, but the app recently became a lot more innovative with its new “Cards” feature. The new 1.0.19 update notes boast that Cards allow you to “get all your work done without ever leaving your email.”

How exactly? The video below will do a great job of explaining it, but essentially, Cards integrates your favorite internet services like Pocket, Trello, and Evernote into your email inbox. Receive a recipe to cook for dinner later? Just use the Evernote card and save it as you would if you had found that recipe online. But that’s just one example; Cards is a whole lot more powerful than that.

You can get CloudMagic with its new “Cards” feature right now on the App Store for free.

via: Our Review

There is no shortage of space shooters on the App Store, but it’s not every day that N-Fusion, developer of the acclaimed Deus Ex: The Fall, announces a new game. Space Noir tells the story of a private soldier in the “Intergalactic Protection Consortium” named Hal Markham, and throws the player through an adventure involving his bounty hunter missions, “deadly femme fatales,” and the defense of his home space station.

There’s no word yet on pricing for the game, but the developer has come out on Facebook to say that there will not be any clumsy in-app purchases. “There won’t be any clumsy or brash IAP in the game,” they said, “If you want to buy skins etc you can but the game is ‘complete’ – no time or resource gates for example.”

Keep an eye out for Space Noir for iPad, coming this Summer on the App Store.

source: Unity Games

Get a Custom Playlist of the Best Public Radio with the New WNYC ‘Discover’ Feature

Posted by on March 12th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

WNYC, the flagship public radio station of New York City, has an awesome app that lets you find the best live radio streams of news, commentary, cultural reporting, and more. But that awesome app is now getting just a bit more awesome with the addition of a new “Discover” feature that lets you build a custom radio playlist based on the interests you provide, as well as how much time you have to spend listening.

For example, if you care to listen to “arts,” “media,” and “technology” for about 90 minutes, the WNYC app will take those interests and that time slot and prepare for you a custom-made hour-and-a-half playlist of the best shows in public radio pertaining to those interests. As always though, the app will continue to let you listen to your favorite live and on-demand streams of their famous radio shows.

You can grab the new WNYC app on the App Store for free.

source: WNYC

Give Your Cars New Rims, Paint, Vinyl, and More with the New Real Racing 3 Version 1.2.0 Update

Posted by on March 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Real Racing 3, known as that racing game from EA with breathtaking graphics, has received an update featuring a massive number of new car customization features. After you’ve used these new features to tweak your ride’s height, its rims, and you’ve given your car one of a multitude of new vinyls, the update also lets you share your creation with friends using a new “Photo Mode” – allowing you to stop the action mid-race and capture a beautiful shot of your car.

Other new features in this version 2.1.0 update include new cars – Aston Martin’s DB9, Vanquish and V12 Vantage S – to add to your Real Racing experience, support for your favorite MFi iOS 7 controller, “Gold Achievements,” and a “New All Star Vendetta Series.”

You can get Real Racing 3 – and all the beautiful car tweaking features available in this update – on the App Store for free.

via: Our Review

The Sandbox Receives New “Shinobi” Update – Packs New Ninja Features

Posted by on March 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Sandbox, a game for iOS that is – appropriately – a sandbox, has just received even more sandbox-y goodness. The version 1.800 update, titled “The Sninobi Adventure,” features 17 Japanese-themed levels as part of the new Shinobi Adventure Campaign. Within these new levels, you’ll encounter many obstacles including lava pits, challenging puzzles, and hordes of Imps.

But along with any “The Sandbox” adventure mode update also comes many new elements for you to play with – and to help you on your oriental adventure. These include a new Sun Stone that can be used to create a movement detection laser, smoke bombs, and even bamboo bushes.

The new trailer is available below, and you can grab the new update for The Sandbox right now.

via: Our Review

Caktus is a New Social Music Listening Experience for the iPhone

Posted by on March 10th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Countless social networks hit the App Store all the time, but it’s not every day that you see a new app completely dedicated to making your music-listening experience a little more social and fun. Caktus, a new app from Caktus Media, was announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas last weekend, and it aims to do just that.

Caktus really, really wants you to listen to the music on your iOS device through their app rather than Apple’s standard Music.app. Why? Because Caktus wants to share everything you’re listening to with your friends in real-time. In return, if you have friends who also use Caktus, you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to as well. The app also lets you see what music is being played among those physically near you, as well as see what music is trending amongst your friends.

You can grab Caktus on the App Store for free right now.

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In partnership with Kongregate, Emerald City Games has released its exciting new strategy-based tactical RPG entitled Lionheart Tactics. The game takes you into turn-based battle, putting you in command of over 15 different classes, and requires you to use your wits to “take advantage of the terrain and your enemy’s weaknesses.”

The game allows you to train up to 30 of your own heroes, slowly but surely upgrading their equipment and trainable skills. Emerald City Games boasts that Lionheart Tactics is not just an action packed battle game, but includes a “rich, and sometimes witty” story as well. The game features beautiful 3D graphics, but if you want a better idea of what Lionheart Tactics is you should probably just watch the trailer below; you’ll see why Kongregate partnered with Emerald City to make this game happen.

You can grab Lionheart Tactics for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today on the App Store for free, and be on the lookout for out official review.

source: Emerald City Games

Dynasty Warlord is a Social Network RPG from GAMEVIL Featuring Warriors, Dungeons, and Boss Battles

Posted by on March 6th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Not to be confused with Autumn Dynasty Warlords, a new game from GAMEVIL that goes by the name of Dynasty Warlord is now available on the App Store.

Dynasty Warlord is a social network RPG; it’s the second installment in the “Warlord Series” and succeeds its predecessor, Monster Warlord. The game includes both co-op and PvP modes, allowing you to complete quests and battle rival warlords with other players across the globe. Players are furthermore able to join “massive guilds” to obtain in-game perks, and work their way up the game’s real-time ranks for special bonuses and prizes.

GAMEVIL recently launched Dynasty Warlord on the App Store, and you can grab it today for free.

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Disney Interactive’s Disney Infinity: Toy Box has received an update with a ton of new features, including many that were previously exclusive to the game’s full console version. In version 1.4, players will now be able to add toys to their Toy Boxes without being required to tether to the full-fledged version of the game. Additionally, the update adds “waves one and two hexagonal power discs,” more pre-made Adventures, all of the game’s Mastery Tutorials, and more features previously exclusive to the Disney Infinity console and PC game.

Additionally, the app now features a rewards program; log-in and play Disney Infinity on iPad, Windows Tablet, and PC at least 4 times within the week to earn a variety of new pre-made Adventures and additional toys. Finally, the update boasts the addition of a plethora of new in-app purchases including the “Ultimate Toy Box Experience,” character bundles, and power disc bundles as well.

You can get Disney Infinity: Toy Box on the App Store for free.

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via: Our Review

Hipstamatic’s Oggl Gets iPad Compatibility, New “SurfMode” on AirPlay in New 2.1 Update

Posted by on March 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hipstamatic’s Oggl is one of the best options on the App Store if you’re looking for a great app to help you take amazing photos and explore those of other photographers. Recently though, Oggl got a huge update that brings more features to this fantastic photo discovery app; making it even better with the inclusion of iPad compatibility, the new “SurfMode,” and other great additions.

If you’re a fan of Oggl but would prefer to use it on an iPad, this update should be pretty exciting for you; the app is now universal and “runs beautifully on iPad” according to the update notes. Secondly, the update adds a feature called “SurfMode,” which allows you to view any feed within Oggl as a slideshow–just turn your device sideways. “SurfMode” works over AirPlay too, allowing you to “present any feed on Oggl to your Apple TV and have a live photo feed for any event or occasion.”

The update packs many more features, and if you’re interested in reading about them head over to the app’s iTunes page. You can grab Oggl on the App Store for free.

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Tabasco Interactive, the independent studio behind upcoming space action game Star Horizon, has yet to release a game at all if its website is to be believed. But this new dashingly beautiful 3D space shooter that they’re about to throw at us looks to be a very promising first entry into the App Store.

In a similar visual style to EVE Online (and notably without the ridiculous massively multiplayer online aspect), Star Horizon tries to set itself apart with beautiful graphics, “dynamic and intuitive handling” of your spaceship, and the ability to “write your own galactic story” among many other features. The game is on-rails, an aspect that apparently was decided on to make the game “more about pure action and not flying around trying to catch the target,” according to a post made by the developers on TouchArcade.

Expect the game to be released on March 20th with a price tag of $3.99; Tabasco says the app will be free of in-app purchases.

source: Tabasco Interactive

Games Insight, the development studio behind a plethora of iOS free-to-play games such as Tank Domination and Dragon Eternity, has announced X-Mercs: Invasion; its upcoming turn-based strategy game. The story sounds familiar (fighting aliens and saving the human race), but this iPad-only free-to-play game might just the refreshing change we need to see in the realm of turn-based shooters if the game lives up to the quality and fun-factor of its siblings.

The details are scant at this point; it’s not yet clear when the game will be released nor what kinds of in-app purchases you will inevitably need to buy to get the full experience. But, as is the case with all Games Insight games, the game will at least be free to download. Be on the lookout for X-Mercs: Invasion later this year.

source: X-Mercs: Invasion

Nozoku Rush, a game from indie development studio Chaotic Box and successor to the original Nozoku, is primed to hit the App Store this Thursday. The premise of the game, while simple, seems to be exciting and fast-paced if the below video is to be believed. Essentially, the player must tap and drag over numbers on the board, racing against to clock, to make combinations that subtract down to zero.

“Swipe tiles that subtract down to zero to clear them off the board. Set up big combos to maximize your score and dominate the leaderboards,” says the game’s official website. The game features three modes including “Rush Mode,” where the tiles fall faster as the game progresses, “Race Mode,” which pits the player against the clock, and “Extreme Mode,” which you should turn on to “crank up the intensity!”

Nozoku Rush will be available for purchase on the App Store at a price of $2.99 on March 6.

source: Chaotic Box

New Year – New Apps!

 

It’s a new year and, as always, an exciting one for all of us here at 148Apps. Take a look at what we’ve reviewed this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Sensei Wars

 
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Continuing the Clash of Clans style motif that has worked well for so many other titles of this ilk, Sensei Wars isn’t exactly a particularly original title but it is one that comes with an original element – namely the ability to control a samurai in combat. As is commonly the way, players take time to build up a village; developing it to be independent and strong, while also cultivating a fearsome fighting force to fend off opposition. Things are well balanced here with resources gained from mines and farms, with such gains leading to the option to build new institutions and train up an army of warriors. Timers litter such progress so expect to be waiting around from time to time in order to reap any significant gains. –Jennifer Allen

Joe Danger Infinity

 
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The joy that can be had by playing Joe Danger is a tricky one to quantify. Anyone who’s played it on a console or PC can confidently say that it’s terrific fun, though. It was the kind of terrific fun that didn’t entirely translate when first coming to iOS in the form of Joe Danger Touch, thanks to touch controls that didn’t quite work as well as expected. That’s all gone when it comes to Hello Games’s latest release, Joe Danger Infinity, with everything feeling that bit sharper and better. –Jennifer Allen

Fun Town for Kids

 
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Fun Town for Kids is an interactive app for young children with a city theme where one can scroll back and forth through a charmingly stylized urban landscape; exploring fourteen mini-games found in store fronts and other areas that line this busy street. The different brightly colored shops in Fun Town allow one to sort coins into like piles in a bank or help out in the candy store as a customer will choose, with the aid of an illustrated speech bubble, specific candy while also including fun photos of real candy such as candy canes and gummy candies – details that children will have fun with. –Amy Solomon

Speaktoit Assistant

 
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Siri has been the integrated iOS go-to virtual assistant for some time now, but despite it becoming the most talked-about client it still tends to have some – albeit slight – depersonalization issues. Speaktoit promises to rectify this by offering users a fully interactive experience by using natural technology language to answer questions, search for information, follow basic commands, and connect the user with a whole network of various web services including Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and more. –Lucy Ingram

Detective Grimoire

 
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If there is any game genre that really hooks me it’s a great detective game. From Phoenix Wright to modern greats like LA Noire, there’s just something exciting about becoming invested in a thought-provoking mystery. The best element of these light-hearted episodic detective adventures is the host of interesting characters that one will happen on along the journey, and Detective Grimoire is a great example of this. –Lucy Ingram

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

 
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Nothing beats loading a game and hearing the age-old drawling quips of a protagonist I have come to know and love over the years. It has been a while since I’ve played a game that made me feel the way Duke Nukem 3D did; as a young teenage girl getting kicks out of a game that was clearly not designed for someone of my age. That said, it paved the way for my descent into a passion for video-games, and I’ve not looked back since. –Lucy Ingram

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Kaizin Rumble

 
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Kaizin Rumble sees the player slip into the heels of a Great Leader, evil women who lead armies of creatures known as Kaizin. Being evil, the evil empire the player is part of specializes in hunting down and exterminating heroes. From Kick-Ass style guys in red leotards, to actual bonafiled heroes Great leaders travel the world to crush anything that is good. What this boils down to is a series of strange levels where the player makes their way through each area by spinning a slot machine. Matching symbols causes different events to happen, such as finding money or, most commonly, initiating combat. Combat is a very shallow affair. Attacks are as simple as just tapping on the card to be used and the spinning the slot machine to see what happens. –Allan Curtis

Ninja Hero Cats

 
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Ninja Hero Cats mixes two of the most popular things on the internet, Ninja and Cats. How could it go wrong? Ninja Hero Cats has a very simple Angry Birds type story. A group of cats who just happen to be ninjas are about to enjoy a meal when suddenly a tentacled mass appears out of the floor and steals it. The cats jump into the strange portal left behind to retrieve their food and an epic battle against hundreds of hostile creatures ensures! –Allan Curtis

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Joe Danger Infinity, Archangel, Battle Supremacy, simian.interface, and Lost Toys, played with the SteelSeries Stratus, picked the best games of December 2013, and cracked the Detective Grimoire case with a complete walkthrough. All that, and loads more, here.

Tweetbot 3 for iPhone Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The best Twitter app around gets a massive visual overhaul for iOS 7, but is it and its new features worth the paid upgrade to a new app?

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So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.

Device 6

 
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I love what Simogo is doing in 2013. While the studio has always been a purveyor of a different kind of experience on iOS, this year their releases have been centered around story-telling and puzzle solving. It started with Year Walk and now continues with Device 6. They’re creating unique and intelligent experiences that deserve to be seen and heard. Now, much like Year Walk, this is something that is best when not spoiled so I’m only going to touch on cursory details of the plot and scenario: this is a sort of interactive piece of fiction that players read through that frequently wraps around the screen, requiring players to rotate their device to keep up with where everything is going. The story is about a woman named Anna, who wakes up in mysterious circumstances. To advance the story, certain puzzles, whose hints are embedded in the narrative and visuals, must be solved. The challenge comes from solving the puzzles and putting together the hints – have some pen and paper or some kind of writing app on a computer or other device open to take down notes to solve everything and to advance the story. –Carter Dotson

Soul Gambler

 
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Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend. A successful scholar who, dissatisfied with his life, makes a pact with the devil and exchanges his soul for unlimited knowledge and worthy pleasures. The legend of Faust has been retold throughout history via many forms of media, and has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works. Soul Gambler is the remake of the original free unfinished interactive visual novel inspired by Goethe’s famous German tragic play, “Faust,” that has had a complete revamp; and with the success of its Kickstarter, has been made into a fantastic-looking interactive graphic novel that combines the art style of comic books with playable mechanics most commonly found in video games. –Lucy Ingram

Fist of Awesome

 
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An unlikely hero. Bears. Lots and lots of plaid. A talking, time-traveling fist. These are only a handful of examples as to what players can expect when they jump in to FIST OF AWESOME. It’s certainly a weird, wacky, and wild beat-em-up with old school brawler roots and a few modern concessions. There are a few not-so-awesome issues nestled in with all those homicidal talking bears, however. Tim Burr is just a hard-working lumberjack with simple aspirations and a close group of friends. His is a happy life, and he envies no one. That is until the timeline is inexplicably altered and bears become the dominant species of Earth. Tim’s hand begins speaking to him, identifying itself as the FIST OF AWESOME and taking him on a journey through several eras in history – all overrun with bears – as the unlikely duo set out to fix history. –Rob Rich

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone

 
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OmniFocus 2.0 for iPhone is a to-do list and task management app that’s built for the person who’s deadly serious about tracking what they need to get done and when. After all, the app for iPhone is $19.99, which is well above what most apps are priced, but OmniFocus has a wealth of features and syncing options to help justify it. Still, it’s a cost that just may be worth it, because this is comprehensive yet still somewhat simple. It’s like fishing with grenades. –Carter Dotson

PumaTrac

 
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PUMATRAC may sound like just another fitness app at first, but it provides a unique user experience that others like it currently don’t offer. PUMATRAC is designed to keep runners motivated by giving them insights on conditions that affect running performance so that workouts are actually more fun and rewarding. This means that the app can tell whether users run faster to pop music or longer on Fridays just by analyzing many different conditions thanks to Tictrac technology. –Angela LaFollette

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Cavemania

 
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Free-to-play match-three puzzles are as inescapable as bathroom issues after an all-you-can-eat night at Taco Bell, and are just as expected. Although I know I should hate them for their complete lack of originality, or artistic merit, my primitive synapses still get their share of enjoyment, just from matching things in the right order, without any particular reason and reward. Perhaps, my mom was right, and I should have gone in accounting. In any case, Cavemania tries to introduce some new mechanics, but it’s unclear whether they help overall game, or just get in the way. –Tony Kuzmin

Lumber Jacked

 
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It’s too primitive that lumberjacks are always seen as the most manly of all people. So what if they have muscles of iron, and spend days at a time, uniting with nature and flinging mighty axes all day? Internet critics also have cramped up muscles, unite with nature every five to seven hours, and fling mighty keys up and down. Still, I’m yet to see a single game that gives the credit where it’s due, and features the mighty and the powerful, as the ultimate example of manliness. But, while the ungrateful, primitive culture moves down the familiar road, we get Lumber Jacked, another game, where lumberjack is the mighty hero yet again. It’s not like I remember any other games with lumberjacks, but there have to be lots of them, or this whole paragraph makes no sense. –Tony Kuzmin

Drift Mania: Street Outlaws

 
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Drift Mania: Street Outlaws is the latest in the series of Drift Mania games by Ratrod Studios, with the scene shifted to street racing. But is it worth playing? There isn’t much content available without a lot of gameplay in Drift Mania: Street Outlaws. From the start of the game one car and one track is unlocked. Unlocking additional tracks is far from a simple task. For each track you can race on there are a number of achievements, such as drifting a certain distance or finishing in a time limit. Once enough of these are achieved, the next track is unlocked. Cars can be bought at any time, but are very expensive. –Allan Curtis

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed DEVICE 6 and compiled a complete walkthrough to the game, went hands-on with Dungeon Keeper and Tiny Death Star, and made some bold predictions for next week’s Apple press conference. Head to Pocket Gamer for their weekly wrap-up.

Nice-Weather Review

Nice-Weather Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Nice-Weather has a beautifully designed interface, but it needs more features to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Ancestry Review

Ancestry Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Discover ancestry roots anytime and virtually anywhere by building a family tree and uncovering secrets and connections with Ancestry’s redesigned app.

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Flying Ruler Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Flying Ruler makes it possible for users to always keep a ruler or protractor in their pocket. It lets them measure distances and angles simply by moving their iOS device from one point to another.

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A Beautiful Mess Review

A Beautiful Mess Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create fabulous photos with this app inspired by the award-winning lifestyle blog with the same name, but be prepared for the in-app purchases lurking in the shadows.

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LEGO Batman: DC Superheroes

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The Caped Crusader is back in brick form for a new adventure, this time on iOS. As someone who’s had an on-again off-again relationship with LEGO games in the past I was curious to see how a mobile release might hold up. Turns out it holds up very well. Like, ridiculously well. In fact, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes is hands-down the best LEGO game I’ve ever played. Yes, including ones on consoles. All the wacky villains that should be stuck in Arkham have gotten loose. Again. Now they’re terrorizing Gotham. Again. And this time Joker has managed to team up with Lex Luthor. The two are such a handful that Batman has to enlist the help of other heroes, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and a whole lot more. There’s a conventional virtual stick and buttons setup and a surprisingly intuitive touch interface to pick from. No matter their preference, players will be bashing everything in sight to collect studs (the world’s currency), reconfiguring piles of bricks into new contraptions, finding tons of secrets, and doing just about everything else they could expect to find in a big screen LEGO game. –Rob Rich

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

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Is it possible to make something great even better? When it comes to Robot Unicorn Attack 2, the sequel to the popular endless runner where a unicorn jumps and dashes through multi-tiered levels, collecting fairies and smashing stars, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” First off, Adult Swim Games enlisted PikPok on the title, and as a studio well-known for their fun games and high production values, it was a perfect choice. It’s immediately apparent that this game is absolutely gorgeous. The level of detail in the animated backgrounds, the galloping unicorns, and just everything is absolutely astounding. New elements like Giants that can kill the player if their solar beam attacks aren’t avoided add a splash to the familiar experience. –Carter Dotson

The Thirty-Nine Steps

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Impressively nearing its 100th anniversary, The Thirty-Nine Steps is still a tremendously gripping thriller courtesy of John Buchan. With various cinematic adaptations, it’s easily accessible, too. Now, we have this iPad adaptation, part interactive story, part simple game, to enjoy. It’s quite good too, although slow-paced and not without its problems. Following the story of Richard Hannay, a man framed for murder in 1914, it’s a great mystery full of intrigue and riddles. Readers don’t get to change the outcome or events within the book but they do get to interact with objects, start up conversations and open doors. The latter is a little gimmicky, invoking gestures to perform the required action, but the rest feels like an enhancement to getting into the story. –Jennifer Allen

GoComics

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It’s almost wrong to fault GoComics. As a free app, it does mostly anything could want from it, in terms of content. As a paid app (via an in-app purchase subscription), it eliminates one of its main irritants: the adverts. For a comic fan, it’s an ideal addition to their collection, even despite its issues. GoComics is, essentially, a portal of many of the most popular comic strips out there, as well some great up-and-coming artists. There’s plenty of space for political cartoons, too, sensibly categorized according to their political leanings. It’s immediately easy to dive straight in and find one’s favorites, with the likes of Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts and Garfield playing a prominent part in the appeal. Just tap on their name and the latest strip comes up, along with a calendar that enables users to go back to any date they so choose. It’s fast to browse and easy to lose plenty of time to. –Jennifer Allen

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Escape from Tokeru

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It will come as no surprise to readers that I am often asked to recommend apps to family and friends, especially for those in grade school, as iTunes seems filled with apps for toddlers and those in preschool, but it can be harder to find apps for older children. Parents looking for an interesting, thought-provoking app for this age set should take note of Escape From Tokeru, a puzzle game that includes an interesting back story, beautiful illustrations and moody, ambient background music. –Amy Solomon

Gappy’s First Words

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Gappy’s First Words is a new interactive universal app that re-enforces early spelling and reading comprehension from the developers at Spinlight Studio, a favorite developer of mine these apps are consistently rich with details and nuances at a level of quality making these application stands out from others. Meet Gappy, an interesting bunny-like character with large ears and big teeth, and help Gappy hop her way home, filling in the gaps of word puzzles along the way – stylized as a bridge of sorts where pieces of this crossing are missing and need to be completed with correct letter tiles. Success will earn users new details that can be added to Gappy’s house such as new windows, fence or chimney. –Amy Solomon

Cheesy Chess

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Cheesy Chess is a creative and fun mouse-themed logic game with heavy chess elements. This app reminds me a lot of the slider puzzles I had as a kid where plastic tiles will ultimately make up an image but needed to be slid within this puzzle, keeping in mind that only one piece can be moved at once. Here, imagine a mouse king who needs to progress through this slider puzzle at the top center to leave this board, but the other puzzle pieces need to be moved out of his way to do so. –Amy Solomon

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Ice Rage

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Mountain Sheep’s arcade hockey game Ice Rage has finally made its way to Android thanks to Herocraft – is this game a slap shot goal or power play where the team with the advantage does not score? I’m not too well-versed in hockey. There are no power plays or penalties or icing here, as it’s all about one-on-one hockey action. It’s really more akin to air hockey instead of ‘actual’ hockey in any way. Players can check the opponent to get the puck, and when they have it, it’s possible to hold down on the one virtual button on screen to charge up and aim a shot. Matches last one just minute in most modes, so it’s perfect for fast sessions. There’s plenty of crazy action that goes on here, with arrow angles and tough shots to make. Just because it’s arcade hockey doesn’t mean that some degree of precision is unnecessary! The arcade ladder made with temporary character upgrades is a fun diversion, and the later difficulties with things like manual goalie control help out as well. There’s a crazy set of characters to play as, including Enviro-Bear. Bear is playing hockey, how can this be? –Carter Dotson

The Barman

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For the over-21 crowd there are not many things that spice up a good night with friends than sitting back and mixing up a few bar favorites. The obvious caveat is that not everyone is a trained bar tender and a poorly mixed drink can put a damper on a good night. Amazingly there are machines that will mix drinks automatically, but those have a large footprint and, besides being expensive, are cumbersome and hard to clean. Besides, what is the fun of making a good lemon drop if some machine pumps one out automatically. So, get a glass that has all those recipes on the side measured out by volume. Well, the problem here is that there can only be 6-7 mixtures tops, and there are hundreds of drink recipes in the world. Also, those do a poor job at measuring solids like sugar or salt. The answer is The Barman, an ingenious KickStarter project by John Gallagher of Sewell, New Jersey. –Joseph Bertolini

Jones On Fire

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Jones on Fire is a fun little runner that will probably have folks doing a double take due to the unique look of the playing characters. It looked very, uh, Lego-ey. And somehow, that wasn’t even the best part. Folks like me who grew up as fans of the iconic chiidren’s building blocks, or have played console games based on their form (like Stars Wars or Batman) will understand. The simplistic block figures were endearing, and I thought they blended well with the unique background. The sharp colors added to the overall experience, with walls of fire retaining a menacing look even while contrasting with localized burns on the ground. I liked the little graphical things, like the look of the game store, decked out with green text and fireman’s pole. The entire atmosphere was almost as enjoyable as the game action itself. –Tre Lawrence

Instructables Now Has Its Own App For DIY Enthusiasts

Posted by on January 24th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

When I wanted to make my daughter’s Animal Muppet head costume, I headed straight to Instructables, an amazing website with tons of instructions and how-to tutorials on just about anything to do it yourself. Now, there’s an app for your iOS device, letting you carry this amazing resource around with you.

From useful and entertaining how-tos and hacks, to delicious recipes and outrageous inventions, Instructables is the place to explore, document, and share your creations.
With over 100k tutorials in technology, workshop, living, and more, we have the largest collection of do-it-yourself projects created by others just like you.

source: Instructables Web Site
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